The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that domain names are property. The decision marks a shift in judicial thinking on the issue, which previously treated domain names as licenses.
Vint Cerf at ICANN by Veni (CC BY 2.0) https://flic.kr/p/3KWko9
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), which manages the dot-ca domain, adopted its own dispute resolution policy, the CIRA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (CDRP) in 2002. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that using the UDRP as a model, CIRA developed a Canadian version that borrows much of its structure and content from the international approach, yet reflects Canadian law and policy.
Appeared in the Toronto Star on August 7, 2011 as New rules for domain disputes Domain name disputes emerged as one of the first Internet legal issues in the mid-1990s as speculators recognized the value of domain names and the potential to resell them to the highest bidder. The growth […]
CIRA has announced changes to the dot-ca domain name dispute resolution policy. The changes expand the scope of bad faith, but also eliminate the need for use for generic domain names. The changes take effect on August 22nd.